2017 Nevada Economic Development Conference Sept. 11-13

Special to the Carson Valley Times · 4 min read

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Registration is now available for the 2017 Nevada Economic Development Conference (NVEDC) scheduled for Sept. 11-13 at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV).

The conference will feature exclusive tours and track sessions that include the state’s leading experts in the fields of agribusiness, economic development, energy, infrastructure/transportation, manufacturing, tourism/gaming and workforce development. NVEDC is the only business development and networking conference of its kind, offering a forum for a broad section of professionals to explore and share ideas, programs, services and products that will help “build a stronger Nevada in a global economy.”

Schedule of tours and tracks:

Monday, September 11

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Pre-Conference Workshop

The 2017 Fundamentals of Economic Development 3.0 boasts a program directed by the University of Nevada, Reno College of Business and University Center for Economic Development.

Tuesday, September 12

10:15 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Energy Tour: Apex Industrial and Generation Tour

The Apex Industrial Center is one of the largest industrial sites in the west, located in one of the strongest energy hubs in the region and home of three efficient natural gas generation facilities. The Tour will include a walking tour of NV Energy’s Silver Hawk generation facility, and a bus tour of the park where participants will see and be updated on the numerous projects that are planned for the park, including Hyper Loop One.

10:30 A.M. – 11:45 A.M.
Concurrent Sessions

· Agribusiness: Meeting the Global Food Needs
· Economic Development: Entrepreneurship Technology & the University Connection
· Energy: Embracing Next Generation Policies to Secure A Clean Energy Future
· Infrastructure Transportation: The Silicon Valley of Water – Managing Water Scarcity in the Desert
· Manufacturing: Tools of the Trade – Growing & Retaining Manufacturing in Your Community
· Tourism/Gaming: Placebased Marketing
· Workforce Development: The Future Workforce – Will Robots & Drones Replace our Jobs?

2:15 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Additional Tours

1. Henderson Booze District (Agribusiness/Manufacturing)
Learn about the emergence of the “Booze District” in Henderson, featuring Grape Expectations, Las Vegas Distillery, and Crafthaus Brewery. Leaders of these organizations will share the challenges and opportunities they faced from start up to first pour.

2. Brownfields Bloom into Community Success (Infrastructure/Transportation)
Participants will tour successful redevelopment projects in the Las Vegas Valley where Brownfields resources have helped to fill in funding gaps to complete these sites into economic success stories for their respective communities. Sites selected for this tour include Cornerstones Park and Symphony Park.

3. History of Las Vegas Tourism (Tourism/Gaming)
This tour will allow guests to experience the rich history of Las Vegas as they take a walkthrough of UNLV, Atomic Museum, the Nevada State Museum, Mob Museum and the Neon Museum.

2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions

· Agribusiness: Commodity Agriculture: Opportunities and Challenges for the Future.
· Economic Development: Envisioning the Future: Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies
· Energy: Nevada’s Energy Products
· Infrastructure Transportation: NV Electric Highway
· Manufacturing: Makespaces to Makers
· Tourism/Gaming: Tourism as Economic Development
· Workforce Development: Employer Driven Training Models in Cybersecurity

Wednesday, September 13

10:15 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions

· Agribusiness: Big Trends In Agriculture. What Will the World’s Oldest Profession Look Like in 2025?
· Economic Development: UAS Drones
· Energy: The Economics of Energy Efficiency and Supporting Programs
· Infrastructure Transportation: Making the Market Move
· Manufacturing: Winning Big in Manufacturing Business Attraction
· Tourism/Gaming: Growing Through Gaming
· Workforce Development: Tech Talent – Innovative Business Models to Address Workforce Needs in a New Market

2 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions

· Agribusiness: Nevada’s Craft Beer Culture Driving Business Opportunities: From Agribusiness to Urban Renewal
· Economic Development: Water Resources in NV: The Capacity for Economic Expansion
· Energy: Energy Policy in Nevada
· Infrastructure Transportation: Brownfields Grants: Growing Fertile Opportunities on Barren Lands
· Manufacturing: Nevada’s Industrial Development Update & Analysis
· Tourism/Gaming: Las Vegas Smart: Becoming the Intellectual Gaming Capital of the World
· Workforce Development: Responding to the Need for Trained Workers

Please note conference programs, times and speakers are subject to change. Registration fee for Sept. 12 and Sept. 13 is $175. A one-day pass can also be purchased for $100. The Sept. 11 Pre Conference workshop – Fundamentals of Economic Development 3.0 is $75. Tours are $35. Special room rates of $59 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino are available for attendees until Aug. 11.
Exhibitor information can be obtained by contacting Terri Sheridan with the city of North Las Vegas at 702-702-633-1135, and sponsorship opportunities are available for the event by contacting Ken Chapa with the city of Henderson at 702- 267-1656.
Presented by UNLV’s Lee Business School, the UNLV Center for Business and Economic Research; the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) College of Business and the Western Nevada Economic Development District, this is the first year NVEDC will be hosted in Las Vegas. The opening sessions, off-site tours, breakout sessions, and keynote speakers create a multi-track conference focused on the state and strength in a global landscape, aiming to build capacity, increase efficiency and promote innovation to proactively respond to Nevada’s rapidly changing economic environment.

To learn more about the Nevada Economic Development Conference and to view the schedule of events, visit nvedc.com. “Like” #NVEDC on Facebook at facebook.com/NVEDC.

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